Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (English as a Second Language)
Master of Arts in Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in English as a Second Language
Why Pursue This Program
The online Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in English as a Second Language program is designed to prepare teachers with best-practice knowledge to develop and assess curricula to maximize student learning.
Through coursework, students gain:
- Knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum.
- Greater expertise in the area of language acquisition and classroom instruction for English Language Learners.
- Credentials for career advancement.
More about the Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed Program:
The Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to provide educators with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum. The program requires four core courses covering areas of research, democracy, diversity and technology in accordance with the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Course options are available for students who already have a teaching permit as well as those seeking to qualify for a transitional teaching permit through the Curriculum and Instruction program.
The Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed program offers the following specializations:
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- English as a Second Language
- Instructional Effectiveness
- Montessori Early Childhood
- Montessori - Elementary I
- Reading/Special Education
- School Librarian
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
- Secondary Education
- Transitional Certification
Curriculum specialists support teachers by providing foundation materials for courses and giving constructive feedback on how teachers are implementing those materials. Sometimes they are called instructional coordinators.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 11% between 2016 and 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As states and school districts put greater emphasis on student achievement data, schools may increasingly turn to instructional coordinators to develop better curriculums and improve teachers' effectiveness.
Job openings for ESL teachers are higher in states with larger non-native English populations, such as New York, Florida, California and Texas. While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide projections specifically for ESL teachers, it does estimate a 6% increase in elementary and high school teacher jobs by 2024.
What's it like to take a program online?
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.